Five-star Joe's edge thrilling clash
St. Joseph's 5-9
Clan Na Gael 3-8
IN a closely contested and entertaining game, the Joes edged out Clan Na Gael with goals proving to be a decisive factor. It was touch and go in the first half, with the Joes adjourning with a narrow lead. In the second half St. Josephs dominated in the early period but the Clans rallied and narrowed the gap to just two points.
However, a well taken goal from Stephen Carron secured the Joes their first win in this competition. Best for St. Josephs were Adam Carolan, Stephen Carron scoring and Liam Keenan who played a major part in the decisive goal.
St. Josephs 2-6
ON a wet and windy evening in Collon the home side ran out convincing winners in this under-14 league match. Joes settled first with Caolan Conroy opened the scoring with a fine point, Alex Hannefy combined well to send a low shot to the net. The lead was quickly wiped out with two quick goals from the home side. However the Joes recovered with Lorcan McGeeny soloing through for a point, Alex Hanneffy two and another from Caolan Conroy put the Joes into the lead 1-5 to 2-0 after 15 minutes. From there to half time Mattock/Hunterstown took control showing their strength and combing well to score 3-3 without reply, leaving them ahead 5-3 to 1-5.
The home side continued to dominate from the thrown in of the second half adding three points before Conor Neary lifted the Joes spirits with a great solo goal. The Joes defence withstood some heavy pressure with Shane Barron giving a man of match performance in the Joes goals with three outstanding saves. Mattock/Hunterstown scored another gaol before Alex Hanneffy finished a well more for the Joes final point of the game. The last 10 minutes were dominated by the home side adding a further two goals and five points, to give them a fully deserving victory.
St. Josephs young squad fought to the end and had fine performances from Shane Barron in goal, Thomas McGuinness in defence, Oisin McGuinness and Caolan Conroy battled all through at midfield, while up front Alex Hanneffy and Conor Neary were the key players.
St. Josephs: Shane Barron, Thomas McGuinness, Paul Coyne, Ryan Woods, Darren O'Rourke, Oisin McGuinness, Caolan Conroy 0-2, Lorcan McGeeny 0-1, Alex Barron, Conor Neary 1-0, Gabriel Bell, Alex Hanneffy 1-3.
St Kevin's 1-6
THIS was to a 'game of two penalties' as St Kevin's converted a second-half spot kick and O Raghallaigh's missed one at the other end.
St. Kevin's played with a strong winf in the first half, but both teams struggled to score leaving a half-time score 0-1 apiece.
Although against the wind in the second half, St. Kevin's opened somewhat stronger. A point from a well-taken free kick by Eoin McKenna was soon followed by a penalty opportunity for St. Kevin's.
A composed Danny Crosbie stepped up from the St. Kevin's half back line and struck the corner of the net with a clinical and accurate shot along the ground.
O'Raghallaighs replied with a point but found it increasingly difficult to get out of their own half as the game progressed.
A penalty was awarded to O'Raghallaighs, but St. Kevin's goalie showed great skill in pushing a good shot to the left of the post. O'Raghallaighs scored one more point but the St. Kevin's boys stepped up the pressure and finished with one point each from Jack Callan, Ronan Sands, and Evan Doheny.
St Kevin's: J. Kieran; J. Taaffe, D. Maher, M. Cumiskey; E. McKenna 0-3, F. Logue, D. Crosbie 0-1; B. Callan, A. Khan; M. Downes, S. Meade, E. Doheny 0-1; R. Sands 0-1, P. Maguire, J. Callan 0-1.
St. Josephs 6-10
Cooley Kickhams 0-6
ST JOSEPH'S userved up a near perfect display in their first outing of the season against Cooley at Cluskey Park. It was Oran McParland in his first game for the club who opened the scoring with a point. After a number of near misses Cooley were back on level terms with a point from a free.
With Michael Staunton dominating around midfield the Joes created chances for Josh Todd and Jack Barron to score points. Joes continued on the attack and Josh Mackin worked his way in from the right to score a good goal, leaving the score at 1-3 to 0-1 after 10 mins. Conor Casey kept his goal well and the Joes stretched their lead with a Gabriel Bell point and an opportunist goal from Oran McParland.
Cooley created a number of good scoring chances adding two points before the break. The final score of the half came from Jack Barron with a point from a free to leave the half time score 2-5 to 0-3.
In the second half the Joes continued to dominate with a point from Josh Todd and two from Jack Barron before Gabriel Bell crashed an unstoppable shot to the net. Cooley rallied strongly with three well taken points and was kept in the game by their goalkeeper who made superb saves from Adam Stewart and Josh Todd. Another save from a Josh Mackin shot was fisted to the net by Kevin Campbell. Points from Ciaran Johnston and Gabriel Bell were followed by goals from the ever dangerous Josh Todd and one from distance from Jack Barron.
On a night when everything went right for the Joes, it was an excellent team performance. Outstanding all through was Gabriel Bell, Josh Mackin, Turlough McGeeney and man of the match Michael Staunton .
St. Josephs: Conor Casey, Aaron Neary, Ciaran Johnston 0-1, Turlough McGeeney, Michael Staunton, Josh Mackin 1-0, Gabriel Bell 1-2, Kevin Campbell 1-0, Jack Barron 1-4, Adam Stewart, Josh Todd 1-2, Oran McParland 1-1.
St Nicholas 5-4
St Fechin's B 1-0
ST NICHOLAS travelled to Beaulieu on Friday night for their second outing of the season. The visitors were very strong from the start with Evie Martin, Padraic Downey and Stevie Finnegan very strong in defence. It took a little while for the forwards to get going but when they did they were very accurate with Tadhg Pentony grabbing two goals, Leon Maguire a goal, Harry Martin three points, Rory Hanlon one point and Jack Rooney a goal.
The forwards can thank Sean McCann, who also scored a goal, and Conor Dyas for some great deliveries, while goalkeeper Dan Oginawa was very accurate with his kicking. Sean white worked his socks off on the wing and was very unselfish with the ball setting up his team mates for sme fine scores.
ST NICHOLAS: Dan Oginawa, Cocor Dyas, Evie Martin, Sean McCann, Padraic Downey, Rory Hanlon, Leon maguire, Stevie Finnegan, Jack Rooney, Tadhg Pentony, Harry Ryan, Sean White.
St Patrick's 2-8
PAT'S played host to Kilkerley Emmets/ Naomh Malachi on a bright sunny evening. From the throw in the Pats were on the move and opened the scoring early with a point from Jamie Mulligan but the Kilkerley/Malachis did not waste any time in getting back up the field only to be denied a goal with a point blank save from Ben Mc Guinness in the Pats goal. The first half continued with some great passing football and clean tackling which paid dividend for the Pats who finished at half time with a lead of six points, 2-5 to 1-2 .
With the sunlight on theirbacks and a hard won score advantage from the first half the Pats restarted with a false sense of security and when Kilkerley /Malachis hit the net with two early goals the hosts struggled to maintain the pace they had in the first half.
Kilkerley/Malachis continued to press and finished deserving winners.
ST PATRICK'S: Ben McGuinness, Jack McParland, Martin McEnaney , Jake McArdle, Connor Watters, Padraig Duffy 0-1, Ciaran Murphy 1-3, Joseph O Connor 0-2, Luke Higgins 2-0, Jamie Mulligan 0-1, Brendan McCann 0-1, Adam Connolly, Oisin Smith, Darren O Connor, Jamie Smith.
O Raghallaighs 2-5
DREADNOTS produced a fine display of attacking football to see of O Raghallaigh's. The Clogherhead outfit made a bright strart and raced into a three points to no score lead, but O Raghalaighs worked themselves into the game an got back on level terms with a goal. Dreadnots tagged on another couple of well taken points to lead 0-5 to 1-0 at half-time.
Dreadnots made another good start to the second half and scored a two goals in quick sucession to put a bit of distance between the sides. O Raghallaighs tried hard to get back into the match and scored a goal themselves but two more goals and a hat-trick of points from Dreadnots settled the issue.
Dreadnots: Jay Hughes 2-3, Ryan Aikpitanyi 1-2, Cian Byrne 1-0, Conor Faulkner 0-2, Tadhg Donnelly 0-2, Richard Clinton 0-2.
LANNLEIRE eventually overcame a strong challenge from Dreadnots in a riveting contest that produced 11 goals.
Dreadnots were dominant in the first period, but Lannleire came back strongly after the restart.
For Lannliere Shane Butterly had a very strong game both blocking and clearing very well, while Leon Clements and Ben Maguire fielded well and made some important blocks especially in the first half.
Dylan Kiernan was commanding at centre back with some fine fielding and a number of long accurate clearances. In the middle of the field both Darragh Malone and Dylan Corrigan played with determination when defending and attacking with fine interplay and well taken scores.
In the forwards Jason Shearman played well, Callum O'Brien worked hard and tackled defenders well, while Cian Kiernan distributed the ball accurately and took a number of important scores.
Best for Dreadnots were Josh Kirwan in goals, Craig Shevlin, Tadgh Donnelly, Dylan Cassidy and Mikey Heavey.
Lannleire: Shane Butterly, Ben Maguire, Leon Clements, Dylan Kiernan, Darragh Malone, Dylan Corrigan, Cian Kiernan, Callum O'Brien, Jason Shearman.
Dreadnots: Craig Shevlin 2-3, Tadhg Donnelly 3-0, Owen Murphy 0-2.
St. Kevin's 3-9
ST KEVIN'S kicked off the new season with a fully deserved win over Stabannon. Conor McArdle in goals and Evan Maher full back kept Stabannon's score line to a a minimum, with plenty of help from half backs Ciaran Logue, Caolan McMullan and Paddy McGuiness.
Tom Matthews bagged 1-3 thanks to some superb deliveries from midfielders Brandon Johnson and Josh Finlay, who also kept the score board ticking over with Brandon kicking 1-4.
Roisin Maguire netted a great goal, while close by Brian Callaghan was confident on the ball as usual keeping Stabannon's back line on their toes.
The two smallest men on the field Joe McArdle and Sean Powderly showed courage, strength, and bravery throughout.
ST KEVIN'S: Conor McArdle, Paddy McGuiness, Evan Maher, Joe McArdle, Caolan McMullan, Brandon Johnson, Josh Finlay, Sean Powderly, Tom Matthews, Roisin Maguire, Brian Callaghan, Ciaran Logue.
St. Fechins 2-3
Hunterstown Rovers 0-4
HUNTERSTOWN played two games at the Gaelic Grounds, wining one and losing one. St Fechin's proved too strong in the opening game, but there were good performances from Finn Kelly, Evan McSweeney and Jamie Ward.
Hunterstown Rovers 3-6
Naomh Fionnbarra 1-3
IN the second game Rovers saw off a strong challenge from Naomh Fionnbarra with a eye-catching displays from Evan McSweeney, Robin Dickson and Richard Rogers.
HUNTERSTOWN: James Rogers 1-0, Alan Durnin, Finn Kelly, Luke Birch, Evan McSweeney, Jamie Ward 0-1, Richard Rogers 1-2, Sam O Callaghan, Max Clarke, Robin Dickson 1-3. Subs: Conor Kelly , Luke Birch.
ST KEVIN'S played some great football at a bliyz in Stabannon against their hosts and Glen Emmets. Mentor on the night was Donal McArdle, who also refereed both games.
ST KEVIN'S: Cian Martin, Niall Gregory, Lauren Gregory, josh lynch, cathal Burke, joe Mcardle, Noah khan , Cameron maher, Keenan maher, Charlie whelan, jack stokes, Adam Cromwell, Stephanie Callaghan , Thomas Guinan and Robert Matthews.
ST KEVIN'S hosted St Mary's and Lannleire in a competitive blitz at Phillipstown.
The hosts put out two teams, the first of which lined up against a very good St Mary's side. Jacob Finlay, Claragh Cunningham and Cian Fagan working tirelessly throughout to defend against such a strong team.
They then played Lannleire with some of the St Kevin's players playing their first game in the colours doing very well, especially Finn Carter and Ross Kearney who each got a number of goals.
The second team in action took on Lannleire first with some of the older St Kevin's players showing their experience, especially Robert Mathews, Lucy Sheridan, Caoimhin Prout and Ewan McGrory.
They then acquited themselves very well against St Mary's with Jacob Finlay, Robert Mathews and John Callaghan defending superbly. Lucy Sheridan was full of running and Leah Cunningham and Zaki Khan were dangerous in attack.
St Kevin's: Jacob Finlay, Luke and Daniel Matthews, Luke Lynch, Conn Bonar, Ross Kearney, Finn Carter, Claragh Cunningham, Cian Fagan, Robert Mathews, John Callaghan, Oisin and Caoimhin Prout, Lucy Sheridan, Ewan McGrory, Leah Cunningham and Zaki Khan.
St Kevins 10-9
Mattocks/Glen Emts 3-4
ST KEVIN'S played their first match of 2013 against Mattocks/Glen Emmets. In a tight first-half first half the teams traded goals, but good scores from Thomas McCreesh, Ronan Sands and Brandon Johnson edged St Kevins in front at half time.
The second half saw some hard, but fair defending from Evan Maher, Josh Finlay and Rory Croft, while Cameron Maher made some good saves in goal to keep Mattocks/Glen Emmets at bay.
James Stokes at wing forward linked up well with the midfeilders to create some great goals for the team.
ST KEVIN'S: Cameron Maher, Josh Finlay, Evan Maher, Rory Croft, Thomas McCreesh, Ronan Sands, James Stokes, Brandon Johnson.